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Coronavirus updates, June 12: Daily death count drops to single digits; Total cases near 60,000

Here are the live updates for Friday, June 12.
Credit: WZZM/CDC

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich — Here is the latest information on the coronavirus in Michigan, including the number of cases state offices report and other updates affecting West Michigan.

Friday's cases

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reports 125 new cases of COVID-19. The total number of cases is now 59,621.

The death count increased by 8, making the total 5,745.

See cumulative data here.

Hospitalizations continue to drop. There are 379 COVID-19 patients in Michigan hospitals, 139 on ventilators, and 219 in critical care. 

The latest data on recoveries is from Friday, June 5. It shows that 42,041 people have recovered from the virus. The state updates this data every Saturday. A recovery is counted as anyone who is 30 days out from the onset of their symptoms.  

Michigan started reporting the number of cases at long term care facilities. That data can be seen here.  

The state emphasizes that the report of cumulative data is "provisional and subject to change. As public health investigations of individual cases continue, there will be corrections to the status and details of referred cases that result in changes to this report."

CDC posts long-awaited tips for minimizing everyday COVID-19 risk

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted the guidelines Friday, along with a second set for organizing and attending big gatherings such as concerts, sporting events, protests and political rallies.

But the guidelines are “not intended to endorse any particular type of event,” the CDC's Dr. Jay Butler said in a Friday call with reporters.

Read more here.

Whitmer lifts restrictions on overnight summer camps

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Friday that will lift restrictions on overnight residential, travel and troop camps starting June 15. 

This will allow children to participate in overnight summer camps. The order also allows certain K-12 school sports and other in-person extracurricular activities to resume.  They are only permitted if social distancing is followed. 

Read more here.

State offers free COVID-19 testing at eight locations this weekend

The Michigan National Guard is assisting the state and local health departments to offer free COVID-19 testing at eight locations across Michigan this weekend. 

The drive-up sites are free to the public, and people do not need to be pre-screened to get a test. 

The locations are:

Branch County
Branch County Fairgrounds
262 S. Sprague St.
Coldwater, MI 49036
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.  

Chippewa County
Sault Area High School
904 Marquette Ave.
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
Saturday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Gratiot County
Alma Middle School
1700 Pine Ave.
Alma, MI 48801
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Marquette County
Berry Events Center, Northern Michigan University
400 W. Fair Ave
Marquette, MI 49855
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Muskegon County
Oak Ridge Middle School
251 S. Wolf Lake Rd.
Muskegon, MI 49442
Friday: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Newago County
Newago County Admin & Health Department
1087 Newell Street
White Cloud, MI 49349
Saturday& Sunday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Schoolcraft County
Schoolcraft County Road Commission
332 East Rd.
Manistique, MI 49854
Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Wayne County
Ecorse High School
27225 W. Outer Dr.
Ecorse, MI 48229
Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Thursday's cases

In the state's Thursday update, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported 218 new cases of COVID-19. The total number of cases is now 59,496. The death count increased by 26, making the total 5,737.

See cumulative data here.

State recommendations for COVID-19

Patients with confirmed infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:  

  • Fever  
  • Cough  
  • Shortness of breath 
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

The best prevention for viruses, such as influenza, the common cold or COVID-19 is to:  

  • If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, call your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call the nearest hospital.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.     
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.    
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.    
  • If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others.    
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others when in a public setting.

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